New Online Course: Stormwater Management in Cold Climates

(This course is no longer available as of 2016) Reprinted with permission from the SeicheMinnegram Spring 2014 stormwater image Editor's note: Course development for Stormwater Management in Cold Climates included work from WRS faculty Val Brady, Gerald Niemi, Rich Axler and George Host, as well as John Bilotta and Northland Nemo.

StormwaterStormwater management is studied by city planners, civil engineers, architects, landscape designers, contractors, residential builders, facilities managers, building owners, property managers, local code officials, and educators. Many of these professionals are LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council).

The USGBC of Minnesota approached UMD Continuing Education about developing an online educational course focusing on stormwater management. In response to this request, UMD Continuing Education partnered with Jesse Schomberg from the Minnesota Sea Grant program to design the Stormwater Management in Cold Climates course. While this course was designed for LEED professionals, anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the issues related to stormwater management will benefit.

This self-paced, online course is divided into four units. The first unit focuses on the concept of hydrology in relation to stormwater, the second compares watershed samples and their impact on the selected area, the third evaluates water quality and quantity issues in the selected area, and the final unit explores the impact of stormwater runoff and how it affects lakes, streams, and watersheds. The cost of the Stormwater Management in Cold Climates course is $95. Participants can begin the course at any time and have up to six months to complete it.

The course was approved by the Green Building Certification Institute for four CE hours toward LEED credential maintenance. It is also certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for four hours of continuing education. This course has taken on a national level of accessibility. Connections with the USGBC and AIA provide exposure for UMD and its Continuing Education Department on a national level, as well as a solution to real world problems.

Continuing Education plans to offer more courses for LEED professionals in the future. As Roxanne Richards, program development associate for Continuing Education stated, "This course responds to the needs and desires of the community and is exactly what Continuing Education is about — offering professional development opportunities and credentials that can be included on a resume. This online course provides outreach to adult learners and an opportunity for Continuing Education to partner with community organizations."

For more information, visit the UMD Continuing Education website.